The Master Cleanser Diet was first made popular by Dr. Stanley Burroughs in the book “Healing for the Age of Enlightenment” published in 1973. I became aware of it in 1979 when I met an alternative medicine doctor who practiced the three modalities listed in his book: VitaFlex Therapy, Color Therapy and the Master Cleanser Diet. Over the years the Master Cleanser Diet has become a unique detoxification program that has been used by thousands of people.
The Lemonade Diet is just another name for the Master Cleanser Diet because the diet consists of drinking lemonade every day. The uniqueness of this drink is the maple syrup used to sweeten it, along with the scant amount of Cayenne Pepper. I usually recommend putting just the dash of cayenne on top of each glass, rather than adding it to the lemonade that is refrigerated. This prevents it from being too hot. If you decide to add the cayenne to the lemonade it will get infused with the juice and become a Hot Lemonade, so be careful! Being from Texas, I happen to like it a little hot. Cayenne will also help increase the body metabolism, which helps break down fat.
I am not giving away any secrets by sharing the recipe for the Lemonade, because it is easily available on line if you search Master Cleanser. But I would like to explain why we use maple syrup instead of other sugars for the sweetener. And I would also suggest you consider adding a drop of Lemon Essential Oil to each glass, and any other essential oils that you like for flavor as they have extremely beneficial actions for your health.
Maple syrup is concentrated from the sap of the sugar maple tree and other maple trees. It is a natural sugar that comes from the xylem sap of the tree. When the sap runs out it is mostly water and needs to be boiled to evaporate the water leaving the thick syrup. There is a higher concentration of manganese and zinc in the syrup than in other sugars. And the concentration of fructose to glucose is about 50/50. This means that 50% of the sugar will be processed in the liver and the other 50% will help give the brain energy and offer fuel to the rest of the body. The processing of sugar through the liver is important; it helps with detoxification. The only other sugar I am aware of that helps with this is Yacon syrup, which has begun to increase in popularity for its ability to aid in weight loss.
The truth is that Maple Syrup or glucose is recognized as FOOD in our bodies. This explains why we don’t get hungry on the Lemonade. Just be sure to use organic lemons, and a good quality of Maple Syrup and pure water.
Speaking of losing weight, some people will lose weight with the Lemonade Diet, but this is not always the case. I never recommend this form of detoxification if you are already on the slender side or skinny and never to men over the age of 45 or 50 because they will lose muscle mass which can be detrimental to their health. But if you have excess fat mass you want to shed or excess fluid then this is a good diet for you. Another thought is to add more maple syrup so that you do not experience weight loss if that is not your goal, but I don’t think that is advisable. Instead, add a few snacks each day that will not be difficult to digest and keep you satisfied. Good snacks are celery with almond butter, apple with lemon juice, pineapple chunks with chocolate sauce (see recipe below), soaked almonds with nutritional yeast, sweet potato chips; just keep the serving sizes to a minimum.
The Lemonade Diet consists of drinking the lemonade all day long, and absolutely no food. I recommend that you do this for at least four days, so a long weekend works great. The first time I did it was Thanksgiving many years ago. I made a complete Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and dressing. My dinner was on the smallest plate I could find; a saucer. I had a tablespoon of each dish and that was all. I completed the four days and felt great! But what about snacks? Well, I think they will be okay. Our mouths are not used to not chewing and they feel sad when we have nothing for them to do! So, grab a stick of celery or put a teaspoon of tuna on a cracker. If you are going to do the complete diet it takes about 10 days, so about one week into it, eat a salad. Just don’t do large amounts or huge meals.
Breaking the Diet
Do not under any circumstances eat food for at least a day following the end of your Lemonade Diet. Instead, drink broth and other juices, even green smoothies, but wait a day or two before asking your body to digest food again. Enjoy a bowl of Chicken Soup where the vegetables are cooked and no noodles please unless they are gluten free. I make a delicious bone broth that is nutritious and helps settle your appetite, plus it is easy to digest and contains glucosamine.
When Stanley Burroughs first shared the protocol for health in his book, it included receiving VitaFlex Therapy and color therapy, too. VitaFlex has been seeing a revival, working with the therapeutic essential oils, in a technique known as Raindrop Technique. The oils are applied in a layering fashion along the spine and worked into the tissue using the VitaFlex movements. However, VitaFlex was designed to be used over the entire body. The vibration caused by the movement of the fingers wiggling across the skin stimulates the blood vessels to open, the lymph vessels begin absorbing more toxins and the nerves begin to relax causing muscle relaxation and detoxification. You can either attend a Raindrop Technique training or order the video to learn more about how to perform VitaFlex Technique.
The third component to the protocol described in Healing For the Age of Enlightenment by Stanley Burroughs is Color Therapy. I am sure there are very sophisticated color lamps available these days, but back then we used color gels and lights similar to those used in theater. There are color bulbs that will work just as well, and even flashlights that have tiny color gels to change colors in the screw top. Color is electromagnetic energy and has healing properties. Sunlight enters our bodies through the skin and separates forming molecules under the skin, like Vitamin D. However, by using individual colors we can specify what type of healing we require. The colors of the rainbow are what we are looking for here. The body has energy centers called chakras that are recognized by their color or energetic frequency beginning with Red at the base of the spine and rising up in energy along the spine until we reach White again at the top of the head.
For more information on Color Therapy and what each color represents please check out this site: http://www.colourenergy.com/html/what-is.html
One color in particular that I have worked with for pain is Yellow. When you use a yellow bulb and shine the light over a bone fracture or painful area, the yellow color will aid in healing the bone and reducing pain. Think of the color of foods. Yellow foods contain Vitamin A, such as cantelope, squash or apricots. Recently I have been adding wolfberry juice, although red in color, found in NingXia Red juice to my daily regimen because it contains five different beta-carotenes and aids in tissue healing. It has a wonderful taste and when added to grape juice it will increase the immune cells known as natural killer-T cells.
Two things that all cancer patients and AIDS patients should be adding to their health regimen: Color Therapy and NingXia Red juice. In fact, there was a clinic in Austin, Texas that offered Color Therapy to all patients in a very relaxing atmosphere. I do not know if it is still offered there at this time, but if you have the space it would be a wonderful offering.
Color fabric can do some of the work. I usually recommend that patients wear the fabric color for the chakra that is out of balance, which I find from my energy therapy sessions. I also suggest they eat the foods of that color, or just imagine that color at the chakra level during meditation. There is so much work to be done with color therapy that has been ignored for so long in healing modalities.
The first thing you should do each day while on the Lemonade Diet, is a colon flush. This is accomplished by drinking a large amount of Saline, water where salt has been added. Add 2 teaspoons of salt to a quart of warm water and stir until dissolved. I prefer using Himalayan Salt due to the antimicrobial properties that naturally occur in this form of salt. Drink the salt water first thing in the morning. If the water is warm it tastes pretty good; almost like a broth. For this reason I usually call it Salt Broth. Stanley Burroughs called it Salt Bathing.
How it works: Our bodies are made up of saline, but require water for hydration. When we drink saline, which is a heavier gravity weight than our blood, the saline absorbs excess water from our tissues. This is the bodies natural tendency to want to remain or maintain stasis. The saline plus the extra fluids will be flushed through the colon. Please note: it is NOT absorbed by the body, so there is no worry about the extra salt causing a rise in heart rate. This is an important thing to note. However, it WILL cause a rather explosive expulsion of fecal matter and you will need to be near the bathroom. If you are too uncomfortable with this explosive evacuation, then break it down into one glass at a time. The bowel will move more gently and with more control on your part.
Laxative Tea should be taken the night before you begin the Lemonade Diet, and every night while on the cleanse. A word of caution about laxative teas: If you brew a cup according to the package, please realize that this is going to be pretty strong. So only drink half of the cup, and save the other half for the next evening. Senna is very mild, but I still do not recommend you drink too much. You can also take stool softeners such as Comfortone, by Young Living, or flax powder or psyllium powder. Take the stool softeners if you are experiencing too much constipation while on the cleanse. However, if you avoid heavy foods for a few days prior to beginning the cleanse you will avoid this side effect. Heavy foods are things like cooked meats, dairy of any kind, and gluten foods.
If you find your lifestyle just does not afford an entire 4 day period to devote to this detoxification program, then do just one day a week. In fact, you can detox your body by cleansing one day a week forever; just do one food for the entire day one day a week. If you choose lemonade then do the entire protocol, but just for one day. Eat light food the day before, and drink a laxative tea the night before. Drink a glass of saline in the morning and enjoy an entire day of one food; fruit or vegetable, and no meat or gluten or dairy.
Another way to increase your body’s ability to heal is to break your fast with water. Do not eat any late night snack (or ice cream!) and begin the day with water. Drink only water when you feel hunger coming on. If the water satisfies you, then you really are not hungry. If you drink a glass of water, and the hunger sensation stays, then you really are hungry and can eat your first meal of the day. It could happen later in the morning, at lunch, or even later in the afternoon. Hunger pains, as we usually call them, will trigger the anti-aging hormones and help us stay young.
This became quite evident in some research done by D. Gary Young when he was researching the different ways people aged. He found that the native peoples of the third world countries would run out of their food stores in early Spring. They would save the food they had for the children, and the adults would essentially go into a forced fast for nearly a month, until they were able to harvest their crops. These adults would live to be 125 years old in many villages. But as the Western world came into their midst and food was being brought in, this forced fast has diminished. Now these people only live to around 90 years of age. This is evidence that detoxification is essential in living longer.
If you have questions about the diet, refer to the book. Do NOT pay more than just a few dollars for the book; it is available on Amazon for a few dollars, and the Master Cleanser has been made available for free on line.
Adding Back Food: Breaking the Fast
After any cleanse you should be careful adding food back into your diet. Start with broth, soups and soft cooked steamed vegetables, or fruit juice; even green smoothies will help. But here is a terrific time to add different foods to your diet. The first food you add back into your regular meal, especially a food you did not like! I did this with green peppers. I did not like them because they seemed bitter and sharp in taste. So after one of my early Master Cleanse weeks, I added them to a veggie tray. Guess what? They tasted sweet and delicious to me! So they are now in my life, and I am grateful. I am not sure if this is mentioned in the book, but it is something I have discovered for myself and recommend to patients, especially if the food is beneficial and would be a good addition of vitamins and nourishment.
Begin with broth, soups that do not contain noodles, and steamed vegetables. Or drink other fruit juices and strained fruit. After a day or two, have a salad with your steamed or baked vegetables or green smoothie. Avoid breads or gluten for a few days more. Eventually, you will be able to eat your normal diet, but it should be much better in content. The Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet is a cleanse. This means you will be healthier after you have cleansed. Don’t muck up the works by going back to your old ways, the Standard American Diet is SAD. This is a great time to switch to the Mediterranean Diet, that consists of a much more varied diet and less meat. I would avoid red meat altogether or just eat it rarely if possible.
After you have cleansed is a great time to switch to a different lifestyle; one that concentrates on keeping your body alive with foods that maintain an alkaline environment. Cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment, and our bodies are designed to live indefinitely…. if we are clean. I suggest you do a cleanse as often as you feel comfortable; whether that be daily, weekly, or quarterly. I do recommend as I said earlier that you try the Lemonade Diet for 4 days to begin. Then keep it going one day at a time, until you reach 10 days. One question that I have heard from patients is how long can you safely do the Lemonade Diet? I have done it for 30 days, and I know others who have repeated the 10 day cleanse once a month for several months. Jesus fasted for 40 days, so it is possible to do it for longer. When I was on the Lemonade for that long, however, I ate Salads on the weekend and had tiny snacks every day.
Obtain bones from your butcher or farmer from animals you know are raised by grazing on grass and not pumped full of chemicals. I get buffalo bones from Lester’s Bison Farm in Wisconsin. Two large joints are enough for a batch of broth. Place the bones in a pot of water and boil for 24 hours. Keep the water boiling in a slow rolling boil. It takes this long to soften the bones and release their beneficial glucosamine and calcium stores. Allow the broth to cool and store it in freezer containers. This is an organic broth and must be kept frozen to store it properly. Just thaw out a quart at a time for your daily use. I usually warm it up a little for a yummy snack. My puppy loves it too. I sometimes freeze it in ice cube trays, and thaw out a cube in her bowl for her to drink. I am hoping to ward off any joint problems as she loves to jump and this could lead to bone and joint problems. I drink it for myself for my own arthritic joints that are healing nicely!
When you remove the bones from the broth, freeze them again, and reserve them for another batch. You may be able to boil the same bones twice or even a third time and get more of their nutrients out. I often slice them up and give them to my dog, but just be careful. That may be a little bit too much for them at one time and come out undigested in their stool; but the marrow is very beneficial for their health and I think it helps keep their teeth clean.
Other recipes include egg shells, crustaceans or chicken bones. Just be sure these are from good sources, which is why I don’t add them. But I love to add garlic, celery, onion, and spices to flavor my broth. You don’t need to drink it every day; just a couple times a week, or daily if you have a problem that needs to heal, like arthritis or a broken bone that needs help healing.
Burroughs, Stanley, Healing for the Age of Enlightenment (Republished in 1993)
Mother Jones, May 14, 2011, Is Sugar Really Safer Than Corn Syrup?
World’s Healthiest Foods, Maple Syrup
Color Therapy Chart, http://www.colourenergy.com/html/what-is.html
Color Wheel of Foods, http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/fruits-vegetables.shtml
NingXia Red Juice is available through www.youngliving.org. When you sign up, just use my member number to set up your account: Member ID # 733286 (for both sponsor and enroller). I suggest you set up an auto-shipment of the two pack, as you will earn extra discounts.